DoInk has created a virtual space for creative minds to come and share their drawings and animations with a community of others. There are also tools offered to help users get the word out about their newest creations through popular websites. Art can also be downloaded or printed to custom t-shirts.Show more screenshots »
The DoInk website was founded by a startup company based in Massachusetts. This company, cleverly named DK Pictures, set out to create an environment that encouraged artists to create and share their works. The concept came about from the belief that people are talented in many different ways. Animation offers an approach that allows users to show just how good they are as educators, storytellers, critics and artists. Through this belief, DoInk was created to bring together a community of creative individuals from all over the world.
DoInk is different than other online communities because its focus remains on animation. The tools found on the website allow users to reach out to a larger audience and possibly gain notoriety for their creations. They can also access features and community art that can be used to inspire or put together something completely new.
From the homepage, the talent found on DoInk is obvious. Visitors can scroll through various user created short animations to get a taste for the talent that flourishes here. Despite the artistic nature of the website, the focus remains on the user created art and not on flashy banners or graphics. The plain backdrop and fun atmosphere play a significant role in showcasing each artist’s work without drawing attention away from it.
By clicking the sign up link in the top navigation bar, visitors can create their own DoInk account. The task is easy; enter a username, accurate email address and password. Year of birth is also required because DoInk has a minimum age requirement of 13 for all users. A click of the terms of service check box and the user account page can be accessed. No further verification or details are required; however additional details can be added to the profile.
DoInk offers all users access to basic features at no cost. This free account system encourages new talent to visit the site and share their abilities while providing input for others. The result is a rich exchange of ideas that is not hindered by a monetary requirement. That being said, the site is not offered completely free. Users have the option of purchasing “DoInk coins” in $5, $10, $15, and $20 increments. Although this is not a requirement, it is an easy way the site gains financial support without burdening all users. Some new features and other fun items on the website must be purchased using DoInk coins.
Anyone with a flair for animation and creativity could fall in love with DoInk. Here, budding artists can reach a wide audience while seasoned artists can flaunt their abilities for a fresh community of viewers. Although users can spend money on Doink, it is not a requirement, which may appeal even more to art students or anyone with a fondness for animation. Even if a visitor does not know how to create animations, they can review submissions and enjoy the work of other users.